Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park

Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park

Address: Inverloch-Cape Paterson Rd, Cape Paterson, Victoria 3995

Freecall:  131 963  

Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Web: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/bunurong-marine-national-park

Located about 6 kilometres south-west of Inverloch in South Gippsland, this proposed park covers 2100 hectares and about 5 kilometres of coastline. This coastline is beautiful, full of striking rock formations, attractive sandy coves, rugged sandstone cliffs, dunes and prominent headlands.

The coastal waters protect a remarkable range of habitats including intertidal reefs, subtidal rocky reefs, algal gardens and seagrass beds. The waters here are cool, akin to Victoria's central and western coasts, however they are relatively protected from south-westerly swells due to the location of far away King Island.

The marine life of the region is considered special due to the unusual set of environmental conditions. The intertidal sandstone reefs of the area boast the highest recorded diversity of intertidal and subtidal invertebrates in eastern Victoria. The range of seaweed species is also large and includes greens, blue-greens, browns and encrusting, coralline reds.

Seagrass meadows and sandy bays are also important habitats within the area. The diversity of habitats supports many marine animals including seastars, featherstars, crabs, snails, Port Jackson Sharks and up to 87 species of fish. If you are lucky you may see Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales or Subantarctic Fur Seals.

Before you go
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Local directions

The Bunurong Marine National Park is located approximately 6 kilometres southwest of Inverloch (east of Melbourne) and is an extension of the existing Bunurong sanctuary zone.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Picnic area

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Fishing - Estuary
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

How to get here

Gippsland